Lake Naivasha and the Mau Escarpment

Lake Naivasha and the Mau Escarpment

View looking west across Lake Naivasha to the Mau Escarpment, which is one of the Maasai's sacred grounds. The highly fertile land surrounding the land was stolen by the British in the early part of the twentieth century, and most of it remains in European (or multinational) hands, mostly as highly pollutant flower plantations, or exclusive ranches doubling as shockingly expensive retreats for the rich and famous. The Maasai no longer have watering rights for the lake, which was their only permanent fresh water supply in the Rift Valley.

Credit: photo copyright © Jens Finke, 1998.


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